BarnHam Graduate School and Seminary
The BarnHam Graduate School and Seminary hold to these Doctrinal Truths. While our expression may be unique, the doctrines are not. We hold these expressed truths in common with all who are born again by faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. We believe faith alone in Christ alone provides Salvation for lost mankind.
We believe the Holy Bible to be God's authoritative and inspired Word. God has preserved --- without error --- His word in the original manuscripts. From the original manuscripts we now have the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments that constitutes the Holy Scriptures, the closed cannon of Scripture. These Scriptures (the Holy Bible) are relevant in all respects for our: (1) teaching, (2) reproof, (3) correction and (4) training in righteousness. They are able to instruct us for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Because the Bible is our authority and guide, it is able to guide us in all doctrine, worship and Christian conduct! (Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21.)
We believe in one God, the creator of all that exists in heaven and earth. The Godhead is infinitely perfect and is revealed to man as eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Each divine Person is rightfully called God. Together, they are the Godhead spoken of in Holy Scriptures. We believe the Father, Son and Holy Spirit each have the same nature, attributes and perfection (essence). They are each worthy of the same reverence and obedience.
(Genesis 1:1-2, 26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Colossians 2:9; Revelation 1:4-6.)
The Lord Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus is God revealed in the flesh, Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin, Mary. We further believe in the sinless life of our Lord, in His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death on the cross. We also believe in His bodily resurrection on the third day, His ascension into heaven where He is presently seated at the right hand of the Father (a place of power and authority). Furthermore we believe in His imminent and personal return. (John 1:1, 14; Luke 1:30-35; Hebrews 4:15; Matthew 4:23-25; Isaiah 53; 1 Peter 2:23-25; Acts 2:22-24; Philippians 2:5-11; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.)
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life. He is our source of power (anointing) for ministry, worship and service. He testifies of Christ and restrains evil in the world according to the divine will of the Father. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment; regenerates all believers; and indwells all who are saved. He is the only one who seals the Christian until the day of redemption.
(Romans 8:9-17; John 15:26; 2 Thessalonians 2:6-7; John 16:7-15; John 3:5-8; 1 John 2:20, 27; Ephesians 1:13-14.)
The Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God. However, by willful transgression man fell, thereby incurring not only physical death but spiritual death; separation from God. The consequences of Adam’s sin were imputed (passed on) to all mankind; therefore, all mankind possess a sinful nature at physical birth. All who reach a state of moral responsibility (age of accountability) become sinners before God. Because of this "fallen nature" in mankind, he (she) cannot attain divine righteousness by his/her own efforts. A new nature birthed from above by the Spirit of God (regeneration) is absolutely essential for salvation. The saved are called saints (who sometimes sin) - not sinners - the children of God. (Genesis 1:26-27, 31; 3:1-6; 8:21; Romans 3:9-12, 23; 5:12-21; Ezekiel 18:20; Ephesians 2:1-10; Titus 3:3-5.)
The Salvation of Man
We believe in the salvation of lost man through the finished work of Jesus Christ upon the cross. Our salvation is based upon no work or merit on the part of sinful man. It is based rather on the substitutionary death of our Savior, Jesus Christ. This gracious gift is received by faith; and, at that point the believer is justified (made righteous). God imputed (transfers) to him (the once sinner) the righteousness of Christ. Now, that sinner becomes a saint, "hidden in Christ."
(John 1:12-13; Romans 3:21-28; 4:1-5, 23-25; Romans 5:1-2, 6-8; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2:1-10; Colossians 1:19-20; 2:13-14; 1 Peter 1:3-5, 1 Peter 18-21; 2:24-25; Colossians 3:3)
Healing In Atonement
We believe Divine Healing is the power of God to heal the sick (in mind or body), that healing for every person was included in Christ's atoning sacrifice, and that it is God's will for every Christian to minister healing to anyone at any time. (Psalm 103:2; Isaiah 53:4; Matt. 8:16-17; 1 Peter 2:24;
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost. The saved will be raised to eternal life with their LORD and will receive their rewards for the good deeds done in the body while here on this earth. The lost will be raised to face judgment and damnation. Eternal punishment awaits the unbeliever. (John 5:24-29; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 25:41-46; Revelation 20:11-15.)
We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, begotten from the Father before all ages, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made; of the same essence as the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven; he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and was made human. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried. The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead. His kingdom will never end. And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life. He proceeds from the Father and the Son, and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified. He spoke through the prophets. We believe in one holy apostolic church. We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and to life in the world to come. Amen.